Why is Magnesium so important to the body?

Last Update: April 3, 2019 at 11:36 am


DATE:  April 4, 2019

Source:  News for the Soul




Why is Magnesium so important to the body?

by Dr Holly

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Why is Magnesium so important to the body?

We know the body requires minerals.

There are 60 chemical elements in the body.

Almost 96% of the human mass is made up of:

Carbon – 18% – central role in building long complex chains of molecules

Hydrogen – 10% – predominantly found in water

Nitrogen – 3% – predominantly found in the amino acids (building blocks for proteins) and nuclei acid (building blocks for DNA)

Oxygen – 65% predominantly found in water – which accounts for about 60% of the body weight

About 4% is composed of various compounds in the periodic table:

The following is a short list of 20 minerals required in the human body and what some of their major functions are:

  • Calcium – 1.5% – bones/connective tissue; muscle contraction; protein regulation; neurological & cardio firing/electrical signaling called Action Potentials
  • Phosphorus – 1% – predominantly in bone but important for fuel/ATP production
  • Potassium – 0.25% – helps regulate the heartbeat; is vital for electrical signaling in the nerves; helps build proteins & break down carbs; maintain the pH of the blood
  • Sulfur – 0.25% – found in two amino acids that are important for giving proteins shape
  • Sodium – 0.15% – important for electrical signaling in the nerves and muscle; maintain healthy fluid levels in the cells; supports absorption of other nutrients like amino acids and glucose
  • Chlorine – 0.15% – helps normalize fluid balance
  • Magnesium – 0.05% – important in skeletal structure and muscle; important to over 300 metabolic processes in basic cells including the production of fuel
  • Iron – 0.006% – key to metabolic functions; found in RBC hemoglobin – the protein that carries the oxygen
  • Fluorine – 0.0037% found in teeth and bones
  • Zinc – 0.0032% – essential for many protein structures; helps regulate genes
  • Copper – 0.0001% – important as an electron donar and helps iron function
  • Iodine – 0.000016% – required for making thyroid hormones that regulate cellular metabolism, even in the brain
  • Selenium – 0.000019% – essential for certain enzymes and anti-oxidants
  • Chromium – 0.0000024% – helps regulating insulin
  • Manganese – 0.000017% – important for some enzymes and protects the mitochondria
  • Molybdenum – 0.000013% important for transforming sulfur and nitrogen into a usable form
  • Cobalt – 0.0000021% – important component in Vitamin B12 – required for protein building and DNA

Magnesium is 7th down the list and only makes up 0.05% of the body weight.  Why then is it so important? Well let’s make up another easy list of the different things that magnesium is important for in the body.

  • Required to make ATP/fuel in the mitochondria of every cell – including
    • Glycolysis
    • The citric acid cycle
    • Oxidative phosphorylation – in the electron transfer chain (ETC); the final step in making ATP; and in fact ATP is often Mg-ATP
  • Required for protein synthesis
  • Co-factor in more than 300 enzymes, meaning they require Mg to function
  • Required to produce glutathione
  • Supports muscle function and muscle relaxation by acting on calcium channels
  • Supports nerve function
  • Regulates heart beat
  • Creates, repairs and protects DNA
  • Builds strong bones
  • Helps regulate blood glucose levels and required for glycolysis
  • Important for the immune system
  • Required by the esophageal sphincter to function effectively

Insufficient magnesium is associated with a number of different issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma – believed that the lack of Mg allows for a calcium buildup in the lining of the lung airways
  • Cardiovascular disease
    • Arrhythmia which may increase the risk of stroke or congestive heart failure
    • Light headedness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Fainting
  • Cerebral infarction – dead brain tissue due to black of blood and oxygen
  • Depression – mental numbness or lack of emotion
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue – remember the cells cannot create ATP
  • High blood pressure – intravenous magnesium sulfate is given for hypertension
  • Migraines
  • Muscle spasms and twitches – too much calcium flow into nerve cells creating overexcitation
  • Muscle weakness – usually also associated with potassium
  • Neurological issues like delirium and comas
  • Osteoporosis

What causes magnesium deficiency? Historically it was thought to be rare. However, in today’s world, the soils are depleted of magnesium and consequently the plants are depleted. Thus we are depleted.

Other issues that cause magnesium depletion include:

  • Many medications in the following categories are known for depleting magnesium:
    • Acid blockers and antacids
    • Antibiotics
    • Anti-convulsants & corticosteroids deplete calcium and Vit D levels which are required for magnesium absorption
    • Anti-cancer drugs like platinol or antineoplastics
    • Anti-psychotics
    • Antiviral agents
    • Asthma meds
    • Cardio meds like digitalis, digoxin, cordarone, etc
    • Cholesterol agents
    • Corticosteroids
    • Diuretics
    • Estrogen regulators like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy
    • High blood pressure meds
    • Immuno-suppressants like Neoral
    • Osteoporosis drugs
    • Statin drugs
    • https://www.jigsawhealth.com/blog/drug-muggers-suzy-cohen-magnesium/
  • Alcoholism
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Diabetes
  • Excess zinc will prevent magnesium absorption
  • Foods that deplete magnesium include:
    • Coffee
    • High sugar diet
    • Mineral oil
    • Processed foods
    • Sodas
  • Soft water – municipal water that goes through a water treatment process remove magnesium

Supplements for calcium used for any duration deplete magnesium levels

Excess magnesium, on the other hand, causes:

  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Urine retention
  • Depletes other minerals: calcium, zinc

However, excess magnesium is rare and more likely to occur in people with renal/kidney dysfunction

Best sources of magnesium:

  • Almonds
  • Chocolate
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin seeds

Good sources of magnesium:

  • Cashew nuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Leafy greens
  • Oats
  • Sunflower seeds

Healthy levels of calcium and Vit D help absorption of magnesium. Too much calcium, however, prevent magnesium absorption.

As always, when you eat a healthy organic diet and eliminate the processed, microwaved, GMO, fast foods then your probability of maintaining a healthy balance is considerably higher. Growing your own foods in healthy soils increases your health capacity even higher.

So here is to your making great healthy food choices. Make it a great week.